Spurgeon on Change

Today felt strange and slightly off balance. I looked out the window and saw November fog, yet it outlined the silhouettes of a dozen palm trees. Fog and palm trees honestly just don't go together. Somewhere in the middle of muddled thoughts, I realized I was missing Idaho, and that it's almost exactly a year since we all left. It's strange to think about last year. I love where I am, am blessed and ridiculously thankful for it, but I still miss Idaho. Some days much more than others. I find myself wishing change didn't happen, and that life was back to how it was last year or even two years ago before I was sick. And then I remember one of my favorite passages in literature. Spurgeon's Morning and Evening for November 2, my birthday, is absolutely perfect. It deals with the idea of change far better than I can ever attempt.

"I am the Lord, I change not." --Malachi 3:6

It is well for us that, amidst all the variableness of life, there is One whom change cannot affect; One whose heart can never alter, and on whose brow mutability can make no furrows. All things else have changed--all things are changing. The sun itself grows dim with age; the world is waxing old; the folding up of the worn-out vesture has commenced; the heavens and earth must soon pass away; they shall perish, they shall wax old as doth a garment; but there is One who only hath immortality, of whose years there is no end, and in whose person there is no change. The delight which the mariner feels, when, after having been tossed about for many a day, he steps again upon the solid shore, is the satisfaction of a Christian when, amidst all the changes of this troublous life, he rests the foot of his faith upon this truth--"I am the Lord, I change not."

The stability which the anchor gives the ship when it has at last obtained a hold-fast, is like that which the Christian's hope affords him when it fixes itself upon this glorious truth. With God "is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." What ever His attributes were of old, they are now; His power, His wisdom, His justice, His truth, are alike unchanged. He has ever been the refuge of His people, their stronghold in the day of trouble, and He is their sure Helper still. He is unchanged in His love. He has loved His people with "an everlasting love"; He loves them now as much as ever He did, and when all earthly things shall have melted in the last conflagration, His love will still wear the dew of its youth. Precious is the assurance that He changes not! The wheel of providence revolves, but its axle is eternal love.

"Death and change are busy ever,
Man decays, and ages move;
But His mercy waneth never;
God is wisdom, God is love."


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